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BASEBALL NOTES

Armando Galarraga and Jim Joyce, together again

Umpire who cost the Tigers' pitcher a perfect game will be behind the plate Friday.

September 09, 2010

Detroit Tigers pitcher Armando Galarraga is ho-hum about being on the mound for the first time with umpire Jim Joyce since their infamous moment together.

"It will be no big deal," Galarraga said Thursday.

Galarraga is the probable pitcher and Joyce is scheduled to be behind the plate Friday night when Detroit hosts Baltimore.

"Apprehensive, but also kind of excited about it," Joyce said Wednesday night in Pittsburgh.

Joyce cost Galarraga a perfect game on June 2 when he blew a call at first base, signaling Cleveland's Jason Donald safe on what should've been the game-ending out.

The veteran and respected umpire acknowledged he made the wrong call after the game and sought out Galarraga to apologize. Joyce and Galarraga hugged the next day on the field and both have been praised for how they handled an unfortunate situation.

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The Chicago White Sox activated reliever J.J. Putz from the disabled list before Thursday's game against the Tigers. Putz had been sidelined since Aug. 25 with tendinitis in his right knee. … The Toronto Blue Jays have claimed right-hander Taylor Buchholz off waivers from the Colorado Rockies. The 28-year-old Buchholz was designated for assignment on Tuesday. He was 1-0 with a 4.50 ERA in seven relief appearances with the Rockies. … The Philadelphia Phillies have claimed right-hander Cesar Carrillo off waivers from San Diego and designated left-hander Nate Robertson for assignment. The NL East leaders also placed right-hander Scott Mathieson on the 15-day disabled list with a back strain on Thursday. … The Boston Red Sox have claimed right-hander Matt Fox off waivers from the Minnesota Twins. Fox made only one appearance for Minnesota, an emergency start last Friday after the Twins exhausted their bullpen and used three starting pitchers the previous night. Fox went 5 2/3 innings and the Twins won, 4-3.

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